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VENICE 2011 France

French wave of 24 productions and co-productions unfurls on Lido

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French wave of 24 productions and co-productions unfurls on Lido

As the 68th Venice International Film Festival opens tomorrow, French cinema has three hopefuls in the race for the Golden Lion which it hasn’t won since 1993 for a production (Blue by Poland’s Krzystof Kieslowski) and since 1987 for a local director (Louis Malle with Au Revoir Les Enfants).

The competition includes, as expected (see news), Roman Polanski’s Carnage [+see also:
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, Philippe Garrel’s That Summer [+see also:
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and Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken With Plums [+see also:
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. Also in the line-up is Swedish helmer Tomas Alfredson’s Brit feature Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [+see also:
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(see news), which was generously financed by StudioCanal; and Emanuele Crialese’s French/Italian title Terraferma [+see also:
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(see news).

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Highlights out of competition are Philippe Faucon’s A Lost Son [+see also:
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(see news – sales: Pyramide); Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou’s documentary The Field of Enchantment [+see also:
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(production: Thelma films – sales: Wild Bunch); Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s Almayer’s Folly [+see also:
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(see news – sales:Doc & Film International); and Spanish helmer Kike Maillo’s minority co-production Eva [+see also:
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(sales: Wild Bunch).

Finally, standing out in the Horizons section are Philippe Caumon’s The Bird [+see also:
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(see news – sales: Les Films du Losange); Marina de Van’s Little Tom Thumb (production: Flach Films – sales: Pyramide); and Yolande Zauberman’s documentary Would You Have Sex with an Arab? (production: Screen Runner – sales: Other Angle Pictures).

French cinema is also strongly represented in Venice Days with Philippe Lioret’s All Our Desires [+see also:
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(see news – sales: Other Angle Pictures); Santiago Amigorena’s Another Silence [+see also:
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(see news – sales: Celluloid Dreams); Vincent Garenq’s Guilty [+see also:
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(see news – sales: Films Distribution); Chinese director Lou Ye’s Love and Bruises [+see also:
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(starring Tahar Rahim – production: Les Films du Lendemain and Why Not Productions – sales: Wild Bunch); and Frederick Wiseman’s French/US documentary Crazy Horse (sales: Celluloid Dreams). Last but not least are the minority co-productions with Belgium (Last Winter [+see also:
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by John Shank – see news); Canada (Café de Flore [+see also:
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by Jean-Marc Vallée); Israel (Testimony by Shlomi Elkabetz); Brazil (Histórias Que Só Existem Quando Lembradas by Julia Murat – co-production and sales: MPM Film); and Italy (Li and the Poet [+see also:
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by Andrea Segre – co-produced by Aeternam Films and Arte France Cinéma).

Finally, Venice Critics’ Week has selected Cyril Mennegun’s Louise Wimmer [+see also:
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(see news) and Michale Boganim’s Land of Oblivion [+see also:
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(see news), as well as a co-production with Argentina (El Campo – co-produced by Ciné-Sud Promotion).

(Translated from French)

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